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DMSO- The Best Treatment That You’ve Never Heard Of

What is DMSO?

DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide) is a powerful healer that originates from trees and is a byproduct of the paper industry. It is currently actively used in human and equine sports medicine; it’s used to help horses’ recover quicker after training and used by physios during games/ matches to help athletes get back into the game after injury. It’s also used in the transportation of organs during transplants and in drug delivery systems.

In addition, it can be administered as first aid to stop heart attacks and strokes, it alleviates pain but is non-addictive, protects DNA from radiation and also helps to ‘re-set’ DNA. It increases nutrient absorption while protecting organs including the liver. It can increase hair growth, can heal cataracts, and relieve general aches and pains and is a great naturopathic protocol.

Because of these factors, DMSO is a great substance to keep at home and in first aid kits. Every doctor’s office and hospital should also have it to hand.

As is normal for any natural substance, that cannot be patented and is inexpensive, it has been persecuted and suppressed over the years, which is why you’ve probably never heard of it.

How DMSO Works

-DMSO works trans dermally (it can cross the skin into the tissues below and into the bloodstream).

-DMSO contains Sulphur and it is not possibly to be allergic to Sulphur as it’s a vital element to life on earth. Pure elemental Sulphur is different from Sulphur containing drugs, foods or proteins ie Sulfates and sulfites. DMSO bears no resemblance to these substances.

DMSO Grade

-The only grade of DMSO that should be used with humans and animals is 99.995% purity.

-DMSO is naturally found in many foods that we eat, is excreted in small amounts in our urine and in the urine of other animals

-DMSO is safe to use but there are a few do’s and don’ts. Once you understand these and its applications, it can be used for a wide variety of ailments.

-DMSO is not a drug, it is a natural healing compound that is found in nature. Synthetic compounds ie pharmaceutical drugs work by suppressing symptoms, instead of healing the problem that caused the symptom. They can also overwhelm the body producing many different types of side effects. Most natural substances stimulate your body’s ability to heal itself. The key to all medicines, be they natural or synthetic, is proper usage and dosage.

-People who are currently not eating well, not exercising and have cumulated environmental toxins or not managing stress well or not sleeping well (usually these people feel fatigued and under par most of the time) may experience healing symptoms when first using DMSO.

These healing symptoms mean that your body has been stimulated into healing, by releasing toxins (often held in fat cells) and these circulating toxins may make the individual have headaches or feel a little unwell, while the toxins are being cleared out. This is part of the detoxification process.

This is especially likely if any of the elimination system (liver, kidneys, digestion system, lungs, lymph, skin) is congested. It’s advisable to work with a naturopathic practitioner when first using DMSO, especially if you are not as healthy as you could be. DMSO can be employed alongside other naturopathic solutions. Certainly, it’s important for lifelong health to ensure that nutrition and lifestyle are as healthy as possible.

It’s impossible to be allergic to DMSO, otherwise you’d be allergic to your own body. Detox symptoms may occur when the DMSO is mixing with a toxin in your body and your body is reacting to that combination. Typical detox symptoms could be headaches, nausea, fatigue, bowel changes, skin rashes, mood changes. Rare cases may appear as allergic type reactions; hives, itching swelling, blood pressure and heart rate type reactions and very rarely anaphylactic conditions.

Detox (or healing) symptoms are produced by the body when it’s indeed healing.

Pharmaceutical drugs often side effects, nutritional deficiencies, muscle pain, neurological problems, and memory problems. DMSO has never been shown to produce anything like the side effects that pharmaceutical drugs induce and has proven to be genuinely safe, effective and easy to administer.

Taking DMSO with Drugs

If you are currently taking any pharmaceutical drug, DMSO can enable the drug to have a greater access to the body or cells. Because of this it is not recommended to take DMSO if you are taking any pharmaceutical drugs, as the response in each individual, depending on their health and amount of drug being taken, is unreliable. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist to amend / reduce your pharmaceutical drugs if you choose to try DMSO. If you decide to take with any pharmaceutical drug please do so with the utmost caution, with very small quantities to begin with, monitoring side effects and regularly checking with your doctor. However, DMSO should never be taken with a diuretic as it itself is a diuretic and pairing two together is dangerous.

Mostly DMSO takes a protective role in the presence of most drugs and is currently used as a bulking agent or to dilute certain drugs.

Pairing With Natural Substances

Because DMSO works trans dermally, pairing it with vitamins, minerals, homeopathics and botanicals opens up a whole new world of possible therapies. Many DMSO combinations can be made to heal a number of health conditions.

DMSO Activities and Properties


-Muscle Relaxant

-Increases production of white blood cells and macrophages important for the immune system

-Increases cell membrane permeability, to enable toxin removal

-Radioprotective against the lethal and mutagenic effects of X-rays

-A good heavy metal detoxifier; it binds to aluminium, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and nickel and eliminates them in urine and sweat

-An effective pain killer; blocking nerves conducting pain signals

-Has cryoprotective properties; used in transport of bone marrow cells and organs for transplant to prevent them freezing. Also protects against damage during radiation therapy and interstitial cystitis

-Inhibits the growth of bacteria

-Acts as a diuretic

-Reduces swelling and inflammation

-Improves blood supply to injured areas by dilating blood vessels and reducing bloody viscosity

-Increases delivery of oxygen to cells

-Free radical scavenger

-Transdermal- easily transfers through the skin, the blood brain barrier and into the blood stream

-Protects cells from mechanical damage

-Has a calming effect on the nervous system

-Acts as a carrier for all substances and increases their effect for example chemotherapy, antibiotics, corticosteroids can be used in smaller quantities

-Is nontoxic and has an exceptionally safe therapy profile

Anti-Inflammatory Action

Inflammation is a response to tissue injury and while it is necessary it is often plain uncomfortable, with heat, swelling pain and reduced function. DMSO is a very good anti-inflammatory and helps to remove cytokines, histamine, prostaglandins etc and speeds tissue repair. It widens arteries and prevents them from constricting allowing for better blood flow; bringing improved blood flow to an injured region is always important for healing as the blood moves wastes away and brings in the mediators of healing. It also increases the production of a molecule called cAMP, important in the formation of platelets which are needed to form blood clots to stop bleeding, but it’s important that they don’t improperly clump as this can cause stroke or brain injury. DMSO encourages the making of platelets but not their clumping. This makes DMSO powerful in many disease situations.

DMSO is a natural nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by regulating inflammation and pain and stops or slows the conduction of nerve fibres. Other NSAIDS can cause toxicity to the stomach, producing ulcers and irritation and can lead to eye and cartilage damage. It can help with musculoskeletal pain disorder when consistently and correctly applied over time.

DMSO has the ability to remove reactive oxygen species (ROS) which can harm the body as free radicals and to oxidise certain tissues that are in need of destruction (for example cancer cells). It can act as a mild or potent antioxidant or pro-oxidant depending on the percentage used, the pH of the tissue that absorbs DMSO, the materials it interacts with and the user’s health. Antioxidant and pro-oxidant activity must be balanced by the body to avoid producing too much oxidative stress; both are needed for health reasons. Pro-oxidants kill bacteria and fungus via the white blood cells, removing damaged tissues and wastes during times of growth or injury. Antioxidants are needed to prevent heart disease, cancers, immune dysfunction an metabolic disorders.

DMSO can replace water inside a living cell so that it can destroy intercellular free radicals which no other antioxidant can do. It is advisable to take vitamins and minerals to neutralize the free raidicals that the DMSO may produce; Vitamins A, E, C, B spectrum, zinc, selenium or a good multi vit and mineral herbal formulae.

Blood Brain Barrier

DMSO crosses the blood brain barrier and allows other molecules entrance into the brain which has huge implications for treating head injuries, brain cancer, strokes and other brain diseases. It also allows chemotherapy agents access to the brain, however DMSO usage is not widespread.

Protects against Radiation Damage and Promotes DNA Repair

Applying DMSO to the body or taking it internally before any exposure to radiation (X-rays or air travel or even people who work with radioactive material), to prevent DNA damage and the damaging effects of free radicals. DMSO helps prevent DNA damage by increasing levels of Glutathione, which ensures that the ROS created from the radiation cannot damage the cell. It can also prevent ulcers forming caused by radiation therapy used in convention cancer therapy and can also assist after radiation exposure.

The sooner one applies DMSO the better. For minor exposure eg a head CT scan or mammogram add six teaspoons of 99.995% DMSO to six teaspoons of distilled or very well filtered water or juice and drink for seven days.

For higher radiation exposure, use the following protocol:

Cover the body with 80% DMSO as soon as possible and then dilute six teaspoons of DMSO in six teaspoons of water or juice as above but drink twice daily.


In studies, DMSO has been shown to restrict the growth of bacteria, fungus and parasites. It can also be added to bacteria resistant antibiotics to increase sensitivity, so the drug is effective once again.


DMSO creates heat when it comes into contact with other substances particularly water. This heat increases vasodilation which is important as it can increase blood flow and lower blood pressure. Because of this it can be used as a stroke preventative as well as first aid in an emergency. In the presence of DMSO, the body burns more glucose to make more energy and encourages more oxygen in the bloodstream.

Wound Healing

DMSO is an excellent wound healer. It repairs tissue and allows blood to move in and accelerates tissue repair. It can be used whenever there is a tissue injury, caused by lack of blood flow caused by poor nutrition, poisoning, inflammation or an accidental physical injury. It has found success in treating scleroderma, allergic eczema, contact dermatitis and rheumatoid arthritis, plus all types of pain syndromes. All of which are caused by tissue damage caused by long standing inflammation. Use on open wounds may cause short term stinging/ discomfort.


Skin Irritation

DMSO can cause temporary warmth, redness, itching, burning, swelling and peeling. To reduce these effects, reduce the concentration of DMSO according to the type of skin that you will apply to. Later, there are suggested dilutions, however, always adjust according to your own skin type and body and reactions. It must not be applied to a tattoo site as it can take the dye deeper into the body. As the dye is usually toxic, this is not desirable.

Pairing DMSO with Aloe Vera works very well as it naturally cools the warmth that DMSO creates. Between 40 and 80% DMSO is best for topical applications. The lower end should be for more sensitive skin ie the face and on animals. The higher end is suitable for thicker tougher skin like on the soles of your feet.

Any redness caused generally dissipates within 20 minutes and dilutions higher than 80% can cause thickening of the skin over time. Using full strength DMSO on the skin does have its place sometimes in the treatment of small pimples wounds and scar tissue.

One may also experience different levels of sensitivity according to hormone levels, so at certain times of the menstrual cycle women may experience different sensitivity, due to oestrogen levels.